Call for Knowledge Providers
In November 2018 the 4helix+ project had launched a Call for Expressions of Interest (Call for EoI) with the aim of setting up a transnational list of Knowledge Providers (KPs).
It was envisaged that the KPs accredited in the 4helix+ KPs list (Knowledge Provider Gallery) would have the opportunity to:
a) Gain the visibility at transnational level and broaden their professional network through the 4helix+ Cyber Space, an innovative and interactive open space platform, where their profiles would be published and promoted among blue SMEs community;
b) Take advantage of the networking opportunities organized by the project, both virtual and real (Regional Infodays, brokerage events, Roadshows, Transnational Conference in Seville, Matchmaking Environment…) to meet potential business clients and professional peers and exchange ideas and explore collaboration opportunities;
c) Apply for the Travel Fishes to participate to the key networking events foreseen by the project: Blue Bootcamps in 8 pilot regions involved in the project and Transnational Brokerage Event in Zadar (Croatia);
d) Jointly draft and present innovation-driven project proposals in collaboration with Blue SMEs/STARTUPS that were subsequently awarded with 4helix+ Transnational Innovation Vouchers. A total amount of €480.00,00 has been in fact finally allocated to 48 projects, for funding the coaching services provided by involved KPs to support the SMEs in identifying breakthrough solutions and engage in innovation process. Selected innovative projects had to be concluded within six months.
The KPs thus supported the implementation of an Innovation Voucher mechanism by coaching SMEs/STARTUPS from the Mediterranean Regions involved in the 4helix+ project activities and operating in the blue growth sectors, to generate new ideas, test new products, processes, services, business models and marketing strategies.
The support of KPs focused on strengthening traditional and emerging economic activities related to the maritime economy with innovative business ideas, through transferring of knowledge and creative breakthrough solutions to blue SMEs and through identification and sharing of innovative experiences, such as spatial cross-sectoral collaboration (where intersectoral innovation has special conditions to occur: incubators, FabLabs, coworking spaces..).
Essential skills and abilities that were requested from KPs:
- to spot disruptive start-ups, identify emerging technologies, track latest trends;
- to scout and support most innovative ideas being turned into new products and services;
- to stimulate personal abilities (ability to think laterally or in a non-linear way, to be imaginative);
- to challenge the company's self-perceptions and design and deliver innovation capacity building activities and curriculum (e.g. teaching individuals and teams on how to design and use open innovation processes, design thinking, creativity and/or other relevant topics).
Read the official text of the KP Call on the dedicated 4helix+ Cyber Space.